Cultural diversity is an important component of the St. Mary’s community. Our 3-year strategic plan has outlined several goals related to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEs). They are (in part):
- Attract (and graduate) students who thrive in and respect a diverse learning community.
- Attract and retain a diverse staff and faculty because we value the strengths of a diverse workplace.
- Provide learning opportunities to engage campus community members in challenging and abating injustices.
What can you do to contribute to our efforts to diversify this campus?
- Take our Diversity training (DiversityEdu). Note: Only current students and employees can access this training.
- If you know someone you think would thrive in this community, encourage them to apply to become a student or employee here.
- Speak up! When asked for feedback, give it. Have a great story to tell about your experience here? Tell it. Got an idea for a new club or program, share it (at email@example.com)!
- Respect your fellow community members, keep an open mind about people who are different from you, and take advantage of opportunities to interact with (and learn more about) diverse people.
Detailed Read from the Strategic Plan:
Cultural diversity is a key focus of the College as emphasized in its mission statement and core values and embodied in the St. Mary’s Way, which state that “We foster … a community dedicated to honesty, civility, and integrity. We are committed to diversity, access, and affordability.” We also value “the power of a diverse community,” “social responsibility and civic-mindedness,” and “civility and respect for self, others, and the environment.” Additionally, promoting and embracing cultural diversity and cultural competence is essential to the success of the institution as a public honors college; hence, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEs) is a prominent theme that recurs throughout the College’s 2016-19 Strategic Plan. Namely, these IDEs related goals/objectives focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse student and employee population, which include:
Goal 1 (Objective 1 – 3): Attract intellectually ambitious students who thrive in and respect a diverse, collaborative learning community. This will be partially accomplished through increasing diversity among the student body (Objective 1); establishing courses on wellness, diversity, leadership, and financial literacy (Objective 2); as well as enhancing the academic and social integration of students in the campus environment (Objective 3).
Goal 2: (Objective 4): Engage students in a rigorous, experiential, flexible, and innovative academic environment that capitalizes on our unique geographical location. This will be partially accomplished by promoting a community and academic environment that embodies the principles of diversity and inclusion on which the College was founded (Objective 4). In so doing, the campus will inventory its learning opportunities (via course offerings and workshop/training opportunities) for diversity-related content and pedagogical strategies as well as create a system for developing additional opportunities/offerings and a long-term plan for institution-wide IDEs efforts.
Goal 3 (Objective 1 – 2): Attract and retain a diverse staff and faculty who achieve excellence across the liberal arts in the teaching, scholarship, creative works, and practice of their disciplines. In so doing, the College will increase its efforts to recruit/hire a diverse employee population (Objective 1) along with expand efforts to create an inclusive environment that values and optimizes the strengths of a diverse workplace while supporting employees’ professional excellence, personal well-being, and ability to thrive on campus (Objective 2).
Goal 4 (Objective 3-4): Graduate prepared, responsible, and thoughtful global citizens. To accomplish this, the College will promote inclusion, diversity, and equity (via increased IDEs initiatives and professional development opportunities) to engage students in (and assist employees in working with each other and students while) challenging and abating injustice consistent with the St. Mary’s Way (Objective 3 – 4).
Note: This above is an abbreviated version of the Strategic Plan. Access the entire plan.